Monoliths & Dimensions

by SUNN O)))

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Wolfman
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Wolfman What an amazing album. It demands to be played at the loudest of volumes, and it opens up portals to other dimensions, evoking images of black holes not unlike the Richard Serra cover. Aghartha's booming intro and gradual breakdown get me everytime. Alice left my heart in my throat, proving that Sunn O))) can, unexpectedly enough, play an emotional beat if they want to. Favorite track: Aghartha.
Sam B
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Sam B Turn it up loud and just get immersed in the textures. Probably one of my favorites, I really enjoy the variety in these tracks. Favorite track: Hunting & Gathering (Cydonia).
Daisuke Duff
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Daisuke Duff This album is the soundtrack to a MONOLITHIC portal, which separates the mortal realm from the deepest, blackest parts of the center of our earth. Where the ocean's waves spin whirlwinds piercing the heavens, and form doorways to Lovecraftian ancient cities of ritualistic practice. I think. Favorite track: Hunting & Gathering (Cydonia).
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Aghartha 17:34
Thunderous resonant sounds call from beyond the depths And the winds of gravity change, In memories of the consciousness of the ancient rocks, Nature's answer to the eternal question The tunnels of the sky Meet under oceans And fall into the vortex of Bermuda The secret of the poles Where the Eskimo never where The lightning, The megatons of water They fly within A spinning thunderous vortex At the poles of the world In the labyrinth of lost directions Mankind's falsehood is the weight of gravity Current current current The sun has moved where the lines of the compass lay vertical at the gates Where the world inside Stands alone in front of eternity In the 4 fields of the hollow earth I search for the riddle of the clouds Where the new world shall form from clouds Gouging funnels in the great abyss of the sky In the shape of the one stream Where tunnels open into the great nothing And the giant spaces that rent gravity Unto the depths of the earth Alight becomes the riddle of the labyrinth Where the channels of the junction Reform the ethos And forget Everything I search for the riddle of the clouds From where a new world shall form A tunnel gouges in the shapes Of the stream in the great abyss Of the sky
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"For your repeated incapabilities of having been 'unholified'
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I got you in my sublimes of dreams The origin of my kind The answer to my questionless being In the themes of Marduk's collapse When the asteroids explode Around the whole of the sun As the clouds were lightened up And the fire balls were roaming And the blue turns empty dried The cradle of the next generation Risen from above the lands Descending like a dreamless castle For a new hope Cities rising from the rocks The earth gives its mercy But no more gold for the traitors Who possess the ancient ruins By their untruth spells They take the world and the earth breathing fire On the endless oil seas Never ending towers of flames Oh Cydonia merrily a picture of dreamless Is it cold out there in the fields of those memories? Look at me
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Alice 16:20

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released May 19, 2009

Ensemble Arrangements Directed By – Eyvind Kang
Additional Ensemble Arrangements – Randall Dunn, Stephen O'Malley, Steve Moore

Choir arrangement from Big Church inspired by Dylan Carlson.

All songs mixed at London Bridge, Shoreline Nov 08.

Aghartha recorded: Litho, Seattle Oct 08; London Bridge, Shoreline Jan 08; Aleph, Seattle Jan 08.

Big Church recorded: Litho, Seattle Oct 08; London Bridge, Shoreline Aug 08; Rochuspark, Vienna Aug 08; Aleph, Seattle, Jan 08; Forum Music Village Feb 06.

Hunting&Gathering (Cydonia) recorded: Litho, Seattle Oct 08; London Bridge, Shoreline Nov 08; Aleph, Seattle Jan 08.

Alice recorded: Litho, Seattle Oct 08; London Bridge, Shoreline Jan 08; Aleph, Seattle Jan 08.

Cover is Serra's "out-of-round X" (1999), and was photographed by McKeever.

Aziluth/asiyyah Drawing – T. Ketola
Cyanotypes– Mathilde Darel
Triptych Illustration – Cathy Ward
Art Direction – Stephen O'Malley

Portraits Photography By – Jenn Anderson, Kerry O'Sullivan, Marco Fusinato, Mathilde Darel
Teotihuacán Photo – Gisèle Vienne

Written By Sunn O)))
Produced by Sunn O))) with Randall Dunn & Mell Dettmer
Mastered By Mell Dettmer

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SUNN O))) Seattle, Washington

Sunn O)))) formed 1996, Seattle WA (as Mars). A synthesis of diverse: drone, ur, noise, metal, minimalism/maximalism; supported by a cast of collaborators, O))) has two core members: Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson.

All digital sales directly go to O))) funding future actions. Hail to our great fans! Thank you all very much for your support so far and in the future! WE RESPECT!
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